Student Testing Preparation and Easing Anxiety
Spring is right around the corner; bringing us showers, flowers and state testing. Whether your student is attending a traditional brick-and-mortar campus, an independent study program such as an IEM school, or a hybrid program, the prospect of testing often brings with it feelings of anxiety. Nervousness can be a result of uncertain content, unknown test format, or an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people. We are excited to share with you a few things to help with student testing preparation and ease testing fears so your student can #choosetoexcel.
Thanks to our very own IEM parents for sharing these strategies that have worked for their students.
The CDE has Practice and Training Tests specifically designed to help students prepare for the CAASPP tests and reassure students who are nervous about upcoming tests by:
The Practice Tests cover grade level content students could encounter during CAASPP. Language Arts and Math and are grade specific. Parents who would like to see how well their student performed can do so by accessing scoring guides, keeping in mind that tests must be scored prior to submitting them.
Some computer-based tools you will find in the Practice Tests include highlighters, marking for review, rulers, drag and drop, drawing figures, using the erase feature, and many more. Parents should assist their child in learning how to use these tools. It is vital that students are accustomed to using the tools prior to testing since proctors are not allowed to help students use the available tools.
We hope that these student testing preparation tips and resources will be useful to you and your student for the annual CAASPP tests this spring and ease some potential test-anxiety. When it comes to testing, a prepared student is a student who will #choosetoexcel!
The Assessment Department